EA SPORTS Open Ice Control adds a new dimension of realism to the gameplay experience. With new five-man motion capture technology, utilize the entire ice surface by simultaneously controlling players without the puck. With tons of new features, and the World Cup of Hockey, NHL 2005 is the hockey experience that is easy to play, but hard to master.
Open Ice Control Seamlessly switch between players to call for passes, set up a vicious one-timer, drive the net for a deflection, or call for a defensive double team with the push of a button.
Total Player Awareness Make saucer passes just before the blueline, call in a second defender to break up a 2-on-1, or fire off wrist shots at the perfect angle on net.
The World Cup of Hockey NHL 2005 features all the teams, all the venues and all the action of this years global tournament, featuring the top eight hockey nations in the world.
All-New Skating Engine A refined skating system captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement.
First off, the graphics are improved very little. The in game graphics are identical to my eye, and I have all graphics on full detail on a Radeon 9800PRO. I expected to see something more than two years ago. Some graphics are worse: a hat trick is greeted by a few caps coming down in unrealistic slo-mo in the background. On the plus side, they have improved pregame and postgame movies during the playoffs.
Second, interface-usability has taken a nosedive. The game menus are cheesy looking, and it's very difficult to get around. When editing lines, for example, it's very difficult to get from the 1st line to the 3rd line. Before, you'd just click an arrow, but now you have to follow a roving "next box" button. Bizarre. You have to be something of a genius to figure out how to put in your backup goalie during a game, and good luck trying to return a goalie to a game